Disability Discrimination Act 1992

The Disability Discrimination Act aims to eliminate discrimination against people on the ground of disability, to ensure that people with disabilities have the same rights to equality before the law as the rest of the community and to promote acceptance and recognition of this principle in the community

The Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person on the grounds of their disability or a disability of any of their relatives or associates. It covers discrimination on the basis of past, present, future or presumed disability. ‘Disability’ is broadly defined by the Act, encompassing physical, intellectual, psychiatric, sensory, neurological and learning disabilities, as well as physical disfigurement and the presence in the body of disease causing organisms (eg. HIV/AIDS). Discrimination involving harassment of a person because of their disability, or presumed disability, is also specifically outlawed.

The Act requires that active measures be taken towards identifying and removing barriers to people with disabilities. In employment and education this includes making adjustments to, or accommodations in, the work or study environment that are reasonable and would not impose an unjustifiable hard ship on the organisation.

Disability Discrimination Act 1992

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